I want to remember this little girl - not just because I enjoyed drawing a Beautiful Caricature for her, but also because of her self-control. Here's what happened:
The Girl's Mother asked me to create the drawing. I told her where to sit, and I started the Artwork. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary - If I'd've thought about it, though, I would have noticed how calm and easy it was to draw her. That's a pleasure, but not all that unusual for girls of this age.
But then, near the end of the experience, the Mother asked me if it would be all right if the Girl ate some of her ices.
"Sure," I said. "As long as I can see her face at the times when I look up from my drawing, it's no problem at all."
"Good," the Mother said. "Because I know she's dying to have some of her treat."
"Really?" I said. "You mean she's been sitting here all this time, just holding her treat, and not eating it because she thought it would interfere with the Artwork?"
Yes - that was what was happening. I had no idea that she hadn't been eating demurely whenever she wanted. This little girl, what, 6, maybe 7 years old? This little girl had the self-control to sit so beautifully and wait. Not only for her picture, but even for the sweets that she was holding right in her hand.
Wow - Her fine features, her fine hair, and she might have been one of the finest people I've ever met.
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